Come to Me. I will soothe your worries and discomfort!”…it was so clear and loud!
March 3, 2016
A dear friend invited me for lunch and as soon as we got together, we began to get updated about each other…until I asked about a new project she was working on. I received an evasive answer and I instantly lost her eye contact. A warm sensation came out from my belly and wandered through all my body. My heart started beating so hard…I felt we became strangers at that precise moment! Time seemed to be stopped and everything started to happen in slow motion. I was dazed but in ‘calm’. Then, Tea came to my mind. He ‘awaked’ me up from that stagnant state, “Come to Me! I will soothe your worries and discomfort”…it was so clear and loud!
“I’m so sorry, but I have to leave. Keep doing great my dear!” I think she was as uncomfortable as me, so I just couldn’t handle it much longer and left the table. My thoughts were just in the Tea!…“Don’t worry! Come to me. Don’t let feelings blind your sight and heart. Come, meet me. It is all what you need!” I got home with my mind and heart blind and confused. Really trying to avoid any thought, except for that Tea ‘call’. I rushed for a Tea at “My Treasure Chest’ and picked up Da Hong Pao, 2015 Spring Pluck. At that moment I just thought about simply continue with the tea ‘testings”. I had bought two versions of the same tea to see how they defer between themselves. Since I had already started with the “Special Aged Vintage”, I thought it should have been followed by this 2015 Spring Pluck. I promptly started my tea session…“See how beautiful this dark brown-green tea leaves are! They certainly seems to have the typical appearance and aroma of the “Wu Yi Shan” Oolongs. Open twisted long and thick leaves, lightly roasted, and fruity aromatic.” Firstly, I just got a pale amber liquor with light cereal and some fruity notes. Somewhat comfortably dry with a little astringency. Eventually and subtly, my soul started to soothe. Now, it is sweeter and more fruity..even more sweeter and fruity than the other!…“I can’t feel nothing else but Love that will never change! Tea’ is medicine for the soul and mind! Only unconditional Love for my friend was kept. Anything else mattered. Actually, I may even understand her. After all, we are all just walking each other home…So, let go and Flow!!!
So, when a woman came to me yesterday and said that she worried a lot, I said, “Well, there are two questions. First, is the worrying functional, is it gonna get you where you want to go, does it help solve the situation? Second, does it get you enlightened?” I mean, that’s all part of the first question, is it functional? Then, if it’s not functional, do you want to get rid of it? And if you want to get rid of it and it’s not functional, the next thing is, every time it comes up let it go.” – Ram Dass, Learning to Let Go (Part One)
Fujian Province, China
2015 Spring Pluck
My brewing recipe for this tea:
2 tbs. of Tea/6 oz water @ 200-205F/10-60s
Appearance: Long open twisted leaves
Aroma: Roasty, fruity
Leaf color: dark gray-green
Taste: Dry, lightly roasted cereal, dried fruits, sweet
I made 3 sessions/3-4 brews each with this Tea. Two at home and the 3rd at the Sequoias National Park, CA. I found that by following those Tea Trekker’s Asian-style steeping recommendations, brewing this Tea in a regular 6oz. porcelain gaiwan, responds much better at hotter water temperatures between 200-205F, and for longer steeps times. Enjoy!